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Published On: Mon, Apr 30th, 2018

All Villages Have Electricity : Prime Minister Narendra Modi

All villages in India now have access to electricity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced.
India is the world's third largest producer and consumer of power.

India is the world’s third largest producer and consumer of power.

This was achieved on Saturday when a remote village in the north-eastern state of Manipur became the last to be connected to the grid.

A village is considered electrified if 10% of its homes and all public buildings are connected to the grid .

World Bank figures shows around 200 million peoples in India still lack access to electricity.

Mr Modi said all of nearly 600,000 villages in India have now been given electricity connection.

Correspondents say it’s a great achievement for Asia’s third largest economy.

However, some people said on Twitter that their villages had yet to get access to electricity despite government claims.

India is the world’s third largest producer and consumer of power. But poor distribution has been one of the biggest challenges.

In August 2015, Mr Modi launched a $2.5bn (£1.8bn) scheme to electrify all Indian households by December 2018.

As part of this scheme, all 597,464 inhabited villages in the country and more than five million households have been connected to the grid.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tweet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Tweet

Mr Modi made the announcement in a series of tweets after Leisang village in the north east became the last village to be connected to the grid. The village is home to 19 families, according to the 2011 census.

 

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